Honest, Practical, Style Advice

January Sales!


Have you been tempted yet in the January sales?







I’m sure we all have at some time or other, that bargain price tag that just draws you in…but it’s probably that item you’ve got in your wardrobe still with its tags on unworn.

To help guide you through the sales and not succumb to making those mistaken purchases I’ve outlined some guidelines for you to follow. You might remember me mentioning some of these before but it’s good to be reminded so you don’t fall into the retailer’s traps when they are trying to get rid of surplus stock to make way for their spring collection.


  1. Firstly, give some thought about what you really need in the sale. Always check your wardrobe and decide what you are really missing? Don’t go shopping blindly without some sort of agenda and pre planning.


  1. Use the opportunity of the sales to purchase something of a quality you wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. Buying good quality means it will last and be much more sustainable, so think cashmere and not polyester!


  1. Have a budget in mind. What are you prepared to spend – this is where you should think about ‘cost per wear’ – the true value of a garment is how many times it will get worn. The more you wear it the better value it becomes. Think about your lifestyle needs and how it will fit in to how you spend your time.


  1. When you see something you like, think about when you are going to wear it and how you will style it? What have you already got in your wardrobe that it will go with?


  1. If you buy online make sure you are prepared to send it back if it doesn’t fit. I come across so many people who just don’t get round to returning unsuitable merchandise which is not only bad for the planet but also your purse.


  1. Buy for now! Don’t be tempted to buy something that you plan to slim into or wear someday because it may not happen in quite the way you were hoping. There is lots of psychological evidence to suggest if you buy something, cut the tags off straight away and wear it, it will become a much more positive, cherished and loved piece in your wardrobe.


  1. And finally, don’t get caught up in trends – fashion still moves quickly, so make sure it’s something that really suits you, both in terms of colour and fit, and you’re not fuelling retailers need to shift unwanted stock.


Love it madly, need it badly or put it back!!





© Copyright Lesley Clarke 2017